ROYAL NAVY SUBMARINE SERVICE: DAY ZERO [Main Title]
A Royal Navy film focusing on the support available to submariners and their families once they return to port following a long operational tour (referred to as Day Zero by those on operations).
The film shows the negative effects a long tour can have on submariners and their families, what the Navy has done to try to address the situation and what they are attempting to do to further improve recruitment and social support for all concerned. It also includes interviews reflecting how unhappy some ratings can become when they return to port but are unable to see their families as manpower within the service is so short. References to the Spartan Block being built at HMS Neptune, HMNB Clyde, are also made and an interview with Commodore John Borley, the director of HMNB Clyde is included. There is also mention of a £60 million accommodation block being built at HMS Drake, HMNB Devonport to help improve the quality of the limited time submariners spend with their families whilst on their brief spells of shore leave.
During a section focusing on the submariners families, there are interviews with Sarah Hume-Chignell (Naval Social Worker), Gilliam Surgey (wife of the XO from HMS Tireless), Fiona Mates (a submariners wife). Within the section addressing attempts to improve on the manpower shortage, interviews from the Submarine School are shown. These are provided by Warrant Officer 1 George Morton, MBE, (Regional Drafting Careers Adviser), Lieutenant Commander Colvin Osborn (Initial Training Officer), CPOMEA Barry Cracker (Chief Instructor), Richard Nurse and Gareth Mahon (trainees).
CPOEA Ian Stace from Trafalgar class submarine HMS Trenchant (S.91) discusses promotional prospects within the service, being generally quicker than during general service in the Navy and Sir Clive Woodward, the England Rugby Union team coach is interviewed below decks on board Trenchant on the subject of teamwork.
The film also includes interviews with officers and crew from a selection of other stations within the service. From Vanguard class nuclear submarine HMS Vengeance (S.31), TSO David Wootton, Lieutenant Richard James, Lieutenant John Gray (Navigation Officer), CPOEA Mo Maloney (a Category A Watchkeeper), Rear Admiral Niall Kilgour, Commander Bob Fancy (Commander of the Devonport Flotilla), CPO Taff Harris (COXN). From Trafalgar class submarine HMS Tireless (S.88), Lieutenant John Rider (Navigation Officer), MEM Michael Stevens (Marine Engineer Mechanic), Lieutenant Commander Ian Surgey (XO). From Trafalgar class nuclear submarine HMS Triumph (S.93), POWTR Martin Parsons.